Are you a medical professional with a passion for solving mysteries and looking to bring answers to families, the community, and loved ones left behind?

The North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office is looking for talented and dedicated Medical Examiners to join our team.

Interested? Apply Today!

Complete the application form and email it to with the subject line: ME Application (Your Name) along with a copy of your NC credentials/license.

What is the role of a Medical Examiner?

Medical Examiners (MEs) investigate sudden, unexpected, violent, and suspicious deaths. They attend death scenes, provide a report, and complete death certificates in these cases. They work closely with pathologists and autopsy centers in their regions. MEs are professionals who receive special training. They serve three-year terms and are on call in their appointed community.

Who Should Apply? 

We are actively recruiting North Carolina licensed medical physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, physical therapists, paramedics as well as certified pathology assistants* and medicolegal death investigators** living in or near the following counties:

  • Alleghany
  • Anson
  • Catawba
  • Columbus
  • Duplin
  • Durham
  • Halifax
  • Moore
  • Nash
  • Northampton
  • Orange
  • Union
  • Washington

*Certified by American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
**Certified by American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Although we will accept applications from other counties, those applications will be held until there is a need in that specific county.

OCME is looking for candidates who have:

  • Ability to be in-person near the county you apply to serve
  • Ability to be on-call and work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to attend a 4-day free training session on one of the following dates: 
    • Feb. 5-9 in Raleigh
    • May 6-10 in Pinehurst
    • Aug. 5-9 in Washington
    • Nov. 18-22 in Asheville
  • North Carolina licensure or certification in their medical specialty or area
  • Ability to see and handle decedent cases
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in reports
  • Engage with local community families, law enforcement, and health care providers to collect information
  • Eager to support their community and solve puzzles to provide closure to decedent friends and family

Why Should I Apply?

As a healthcare professional or death investigator, you serve as an integral part of delivering quality care to people across North Carolina. We are welcoming candidates who want to grow their relationships with the community, OCME staff, and diverse stakeholders like law enforcement and hospitals. Additionally, serving as a Medical Examiner you will gain access to many resources and outside trainings for professional development.

What to Expect:

Following the submission of your application and credentials, the OCME training staff will review and reach out to the contact information provided. If selected, medical examiners serve a 3-year term. 

Medical Examiners can make their own schedule based on availability. MEs receive $200 per completed investigation. They are not paid for the hours on call. 

This position provides the opportunity to build strong relationships with the community, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and diverse stakeholders like law enforcement and medical professionals. 

For additional questions, reach out to Patricia Fore at .

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form then email the application along with a copy of your NC credentials/license to with the subject line: ME Application (Your Name). Please include any questions you may have in your email.

Learn more about the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.